Relax, Twitter, Metal Gear's Creator (Probably) Hasn't Inspired a Final Fantasy VII Remake

Illustration for article titled Relax, Twitter, emMetal Gears/em Creator (Probably) Hasnt Inspired a emFinal Fantasy VII/em Remake

Twitter is a great way to bring the world together, open up lines of communication. It's also a great way for things to be blown out of proportion, 140 characters at a time.

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Hideo Kojima, creator of stealth game series Metal Gear, recently had dinner with Square Enix honcho Yoichi Wada and designer Tetsuya Nomura.

A flurry of fans sent Kojima tweets, like to tell Nomura to remake Final Fantasy VII or to hurry up and release Kingdom Hearts 3, to which Kojima replied, "I told them lol".

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Maybe he told them, maybe he was joking and didn't really. Last time I checked, Hideo Kojima doesn't run Square Enix, so who cares. Yet, that hasn't stopped "Hideo Kojima told Square Enix to remake Final Fantasy VII" from turning into a story—on Japanese (and Western) gaming sites.

Instead of asking for a FFVII remake, why not ask Square Enix to first make and release games in a timely fashion? Then we can get to eagerly anticipated, and long overdue, remakes. At the rate Square Enix has been going with Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Kingdom Hearts 3, we wouldn't see a Final Fantasy VII in stores for a long, long, long time. One step at a time.

Illustration for article titled Relax, Twitter, emMetal Gears/em Creator (Probably) Hasnt Inspired a emFinal Fantasy VII/em Remake

FF7をリメイク!? スクエニ和田社長と野村哲也、小島監督、新川洋司氏で会食 [オレ的ゲーム情報]

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Paradoxme
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..we wouldn't see a Final Fantasy VII in stores for a long, long, long time.

Good! The game is available for the low price of $10 on PSN, playable on PS3, PSP and Xperia Play phones. Physical copies are neither rare nor ridiculously expensive and can be played in every PSone and PS2.

The game's graphics, while dated, are fine. Still very playable and very nice to look at thanks largely to its pre-rendered backgrounds and fairly decent 3D models in combat. The gameplay itself is timeless, playing as good or better than most JRPGs today.

The fact that Tetsuya Nomura has so many original games clogging up the pipes (and people either dislike or ignore the plethora of other Square games released in a timely fashion), the concept of wanting a remake seems absurd.

All it does is give a facelift to a game that you could have played countless times over the past decade and a half. A facet of gaming that typically wears off within the first hour of experiencing said graphics. Not to mention we've seen VII's world rendered beautifully in Crisis Core, Dirge of Cerberus and, most notably, Advent Children.

Besides, when the next generation of consoles comes out, will we be clamoring for a 1080p version? An HD remake's re-release? The industry is dead if all we're doing is taking past favorites and reworking them just because the technology allows it.

Sorry for the rant, but talk of remakes (and VII in particular) always manages to drive me bonkers. Square needs to focus on strengthening their core franchises (recently cancelled a handful of games to do just that) and invest in promising new IPs. The only reason I'd be in favor of a VII remake is the amount of money it'd bring in to (hopefully) support other projects. Even then, that money could easily be obtained by doing the above and releasing great new games.